You should be aware of the factors
that effect your ability to be a good defensive driver.
Can you see clearly out your windows?
Are your mirrors correctly set? What's the weather like?
In other words, are you prepared to drive?
First things first. Before you go
anywhere buckle up. Be sure there is enought gas in your
tank before you head out and become a road
hazard. Speaking of road hazards, What's that up ahead?
A pedestrian? A blown-out tire? Do you have blind spots
where someone or some hazard is located? One of the little
known facts about serious injuries and death from vehicles
is that many occur right at home. The majority of vehicles
have little or no visibility right behind the rear bumper.
Trajic accidents involving children being backed over apon
in driveways are common. Before backing up make sure the
coast is clear.
the weather? Make sure your tires, wipers, cooling system
etc. is up to the task before braving the bad weather. Driving
appropiately for the weather conditions is a definite "Do"
when driving defensively.
Destrations in a
vehicle such as cell phones, pets, smoking and eating can
cause you to miss a hazard on the roadway or make a poor
decision critical to driving safely.